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Sinking of Mediterranean Migrant Boat Amounts to ‘Mass Murder’ – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch The UN’s top human rights official on 19 September 2014 urged Egypt and other North African and European States to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.   “It is the duty of States to investigate such atrocious crimes, br ...

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Ebola: a Disease Associated with Poverty

By Vivian Collazo Montano* Havana (Prensa Latina) More than six months ago in Guinea Conakry began an outbreak of Ebola, which quickly spread to other West African nations. Since then, 2,473 people got ill, 1,350 of them died because of it. In just two days, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 106 deaths, 95 of them in Liberia, where the situation is more serious and is considered vital to contain ...

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Community engagement to be intensified in the fight against Ebola in West Africa

Africa News - 10.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA DAKAR, Sénégal, September 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gathered at a Forum on Ebola communication and prevention convened in Dakar by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, representatives from global, regional and community media, civil socie ...

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UN Urges Prosecution to End Impunity for Drug Trafficking on High Seas

Human Wrongs Watch 9 September 2014 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a special event on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Opening the event, “Success of the Piracy Prosecution Model: A Blueprint to End Impunity at Sea,” UNODC Executive Direct ...

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Indiscriminate, Brutal Killings Children in Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch  The multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on 8 September 2014. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said that she was appalled ...

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Ebola: African Union Holds Emergency Talks as Study Points to Potential Vaccine

By Democracy Now! The African Union is holding an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More than 2,000 people have been killed, and the United Nations has warned the toll could hit 20,000 before the virus is contained. Hopes were slightly raised over the weekend as a new study found an experimental vaccine gave full protection to monkeys for at least five weeks to up to 10 months. It is t ...

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Home Alone: South Sudan Teenager Leads Her Young Siblings to Safety in Uganda

Human Wrongs Watch By Dorothy Lusweti, Boroli Refugee Settlement, Uganda, (UNHCR)* – When 13-year-old Yayo Tangko turned up at the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda earlier this year with her four younger siblings, she feared the worst for her missing parents. “They are dead, because otherwise they would have come looking for us,” the South Sudanese teenager told aid workers. It turned out she was wrong a ...

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West Africa: Ebola Outbreak Puts Harvests at Risk, Sends Food Prices Shooting Up

  Human Wrongs Watch Rome – Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, FAO on 2 September 2014 warned. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people’s movement aimed at combat ...

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Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch 4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-Gene ...

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Violence against Children Is Universal, Deeply Ingrained in Societies, Often Accepted as the Norm

Human Wrongs Watch Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations on 4 September 2014. The report found that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a reg ...

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